Your ID is about to get REAL

The world of air travel is open again despite COVID-19.  Make sure you are ready by getting your REAL ID now. Beginning October 1, 2021, you must have a REAL ID to board a domestic, commercial flight; enter a secure federal building; or visit a military installation. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

A REAL ID replaces your existing South Carolina driver’s license or identification card.  It has a gold star on it to show it is a REAL ID.  You can obtain a REAL ID at your local DMV by bringing the following documents with you:

  • proof of identity like a government issues birth certificate or an unexpired U.S. passport;
  • proof of social security number via your original social security card or W-2 form that has your social security number and your employer’s name;
  • two proofs of current address like a current, unexpired S.C. driver’s license or identification card and a utility bill with the same name address issued within the last 90 days; and
  • proof of all legal name changes through a marriage license, divorce decree, or court order issued by your county’s probate or family court. You must show a complete name history that links the name on your birth certificate to your current name.

You must bring the originals of all of the above documents when you go to the DMV. 

Take the time to get your REAL ID now so you’re ready to travel in October 2021, and safe travels!

Blog post by John B. White Jr. Click here to learn more about John.

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